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Sarasota News Leader May 31, 2013 and many of those that received high marks from satisfied patrons are among the participants in Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week. They include Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, Café L'Europe, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Michael's On East, Mozaic and Hyde Park Prime Steak House, to name just a few. Lynn Hobeck Bates, communications manager for Visit Sarasota, provided background information during a telephone call with The Sarasota News Leader. Now in its eighth year, Savor Sarasota began as a one-week venture in June that provided a "great opportunity to get people in the door during the slow season," Hobeck Bates commented. It was successful and garnered "lots of attention," and has expanded to two weeks. Page 71 Sarasota is not the only community offering this program, she noted. "It's a trend in culinary" promotion. "Every restaurant serves dinner, but not all have lunch," Hobeck Bates explained. And every restaurant "must be a dining partner" with Visit Sarasota. The restaurants are located from Lakewood Ranch to Venice, in downtown Sarasota and on the waterfront, as well as on Siesta and Longboat keys and St. Armands Circle. My sister — lucky woman! — had an opportunity to attend a preview tasting for Savor Sarasota. After sampling the delicious offerings from the various restaurants, she imme- Fleming's and Roy's are located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Siesta Drive. Photo by Rachel Hackney

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